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Lost & Found: The Believer's Battle

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October 30, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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Lost & Found: The Believer's Battle

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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And rememb
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember y
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember you
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your so
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul i
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul is
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul is yo
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul is your
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul is your m
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul is your min
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  • PASTOR ROBERT MORRIS: And remember your soul is your mind,
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  • your will, and your emotions.
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  • So, your mind and your emotions He wants you to relate to him
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  • with your mind and your emotions.
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  • And he wants you to relate to His creation with your mind
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  • and your emotions and your will.
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  • He wants you to enjoy His creation.
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  • Although he was indulgent and far from home,
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  • the prodigal son remained a son while lost.
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  • It's possible for every believer to lack restraint
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  • in an area, experiencing an internal battle
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  • between soul and spirit.
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  • Join my pastor Robert Morris as he describes
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  • how the believer's battle is in our soul being weaned off
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  • self-sufficiency, submitting to the spirit,
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  • and developing a taste for the word of God.
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I'm beginning a new series that is going
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  • to be great, just to let you know.
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  • Not because I'm speaking it, but because the Holy Spirit
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  • is speaking it to our church.
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  • But the name of the new series is "Lost and Found:
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  • A Prodigal's Journey."
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  • And we're going to take it all out of Luke 15.
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  • And you may think you've heard everything there is about
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  • the prodigal son but the things that the Lord
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  • is showing me about this parable that Jesus told,
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  • are fantastic.
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  • And you'll see even by this first message, the Lord's
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  • really gonna take us somewhere in the next few weeks.
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  • So, I want to talk to you seriously about how all of us,
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  • all of us can become a prodigal in maybe even an area
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  • of our life.
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  • Maybe even just for a short time.
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  • And how do we handle that, alright?
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  • So, the title of the message
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  • today is "The Believer's Battle."
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  • "The Believer's Battle."
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  • So, I asked you to go to Hebrews 5.
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  • I'm gonna read a little bit of Luke 15.
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  • And we'll eventually read the whole passage,
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  • but we'll look at parts of it.
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  • So, I just want to show you a few verses in Luke 15,
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  • where we're gonna get the series from.
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  • Verse 11, "Then he said, "A certain man had two sons.
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  • And the younger of them said to his father, "Father give me
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  • the portion of goods that falls to me."
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  • So, he divided to them his livelihood.
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  • And not many days after, the younger son gathered all
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  • together, journeyed to a far country and there wasted
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  • his possessions with prodigal living.
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  • This is where we get the prodigal son.
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  • Prodigal living.
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  • You probably don't use that word in conversations every day
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  • and probably the only time you use the word prodigal
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  • is when you're referring to this passage
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  • of scripture.
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  • Would you agree with that?
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  • You probably don't use it very much.
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  • And so, I love to go to the Greek and see what's
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  • the Greek word.
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  • So, I'm gonna give you, the Strong's Exhaustive Dictionary.
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  • The definition of this word prodigal, from the Greek,
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  • is a one-word definition and when I give it to you it will
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  • clear everything up, alright?
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  • Here's what it means.
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  • And this is from the Strong's Exhaustive Concordant, alright?
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  • Dissolutely.
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  • That do it?
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  • Clears it all up doesn't it?
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  • Just makes it clear as mud to me, you know?
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  • So, I had no clue what the word dissolutely meant.
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  • And so, it's an adverb and I couldn't even find
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  • it in the dictionary.
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  • I only found the adjective dissolute with describes
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  • a person.
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  • Dissolutely would be the way the person is living.
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  • Dissolute would be describing the person,
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  • who is prodigal.
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  • Here's what Webster's dictionary says about dissolute:
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  • A person lacking restraint, marked by indulgence in things.
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  • This is even Webster's dictionary: such as drink
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  • or promiscuous sex.
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  • We understand that about this son and that he probably
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  • had indulgence in those things.
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  • But the first part of the definition is what
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  • I want us to see.
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  • Lacking restraint.
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  • Now if we're honest, there are -- is probably at least one,
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  • maybe two or three areas where we lack restraint.
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  • All of us.
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  • Probably different but all.
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  • Y'all are looking at me real self-righteously.
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  • Stop it.
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  • Come on, is there an area in your life you lack restraint
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  • in that area, it's a tough area for you, you know?
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  • Well, the reason we have a battle, as believers,
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  • is because we're three parts: We're spirit, soul, and body.
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  • And let me show you a verse that has all three parts in it.
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  • Genesis Chapter 2:7 says, "Then the Lord God formed man
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  • of the dust of the ground, so this is referring
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  • to his body, "and breathed into his nostrils
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  • the breath of life."
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  • This is referring to his spirit because this word breath
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  • is actually sometimes translated spirit.
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  • It's the spirit of God that he breathed into us.
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  • And man became a living soul.
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  • There we are: body, spirit, and soul all in one verse.
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  • So why am I saying this?
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  • Well, it's important to understand God created our
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  • spirits to relate to Him.
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  • He created our bodies to relate to His creation.
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  • In other words with our bodies we relate to His creation.
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  • He created our souls to relate to Him and His creation.
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  • And remember your soul is your mind, your will,
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  • and your emotions.
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  • So, your mind and your emotions, He wants you to relate
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  • to him with your mind and your emotions.
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  • And He wants you to relate to His creation with your mind
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  • and your emotions and your will.
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  • He wants you to enjoy His creation.
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  • But He created your spirits to relate to Him.
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  • Here's the problem, when Adam and Eve died --
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  • pardon me when they sinned, their spirits died.
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  • If you remember God said you eat this and you die.
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  • Their bodies did not die.
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  • Their bodies didn't die, their souls didn't die,
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  • their minds didn't die, their emotions didn't die.
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  • They still had a soul.
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  • Their spirits died.
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  • Ephesians says before we accept Christ we're dead,
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  • in trespasses and sin.
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  • We're dead.
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  • You're actually born on this earth with a dead spirit.
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  • Your spirit does not come alive until you accept Christ.
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  • Your spirit comes alive.
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  • So, for years you learn to relate to God through
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  • only your soul.
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  • In other words, you relate to God through what you can
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  • understand about God, your mind, how you feel
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  • about the situation, and what you desire to do.
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  • Are y'all with me?
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  • You learn to live a life and you make all
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  • of your decisions based on your thoughts about that --
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  • about whatever it is, your feelings and your desires.
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  • And God never intended you to live that way.
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  • He intended you to live where your spirit is in charge.
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  • But the problem is we live for years where our souls
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  • are in charge.
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  • This is the believer's battle.
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  • This is the believer's battle.
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  • So, let me tell you some things about the soul.
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  • Alright?
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  • Here's number one, the soul is selfish.
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  • The soul is selfish.
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  • The soul's motto is protect number one, live for number one,
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  • watch out for number one, you don't watch out
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  • for number one no one else will.
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  • The soul is selfish.
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  • The soul protects itself.
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  • The soul is made up again of our minds, our wills,
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  • our emotions.
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  • Alright?
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  • So, it's only what we can think, only what we can reason,
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  • only what we feel is right, and only what we desire.
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  • But let me just take one part of that, alright,
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  • to explain this to you.
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  • The mind.
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  • The mind is phenomenal.
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  • It's incredible.
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  • Your mind is better than any computer you own.
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  • Now you don't think it is.
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  • I understand that but it is.
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  • Your mind has logged everything you've ever done,
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  • everything you've ever said, and everything that's ever
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  • been said to you, and everything you've ever seen
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  • or experienced.
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  • Your mind has it.
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  • Now, you're thinking where is it because I can't remember.
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  • It's in your subconscious.
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  • Have you ever said, "Oh what's her name
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  • it's on the tip of my tongue?"
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  • It's not on the tip of your tongue, it's an expression,
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  • it's in your subconscious.
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  • It's there 'cause it'll come to you right when you're
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  • trying to go to sleep.
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  • Cindy!
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  • You know, it just comes out.
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  • Okay, I remember now.
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  • OK.
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  • But the point is it's in your subconscious.
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  • You're trying to bring it to your conscious.
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  • You see what I'm saying?
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  • So it's there.
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  • Your mind, in a millisecond, in a millisecond searches
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  • through all the files and assesses every situation
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  • that you're in.
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  • Every situation.
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  • Now listen to me, this is why you respond sometimes
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  • with insecurity.
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  • Now let me say this again, listen to me.
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  • This is extremely important what I'm telling you because
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  • you assess several situations that are similar
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  • in which you felt insecure.
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  • So, you now feel insecure in that situation.
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  • This all comes from the soul.
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  • This is your mind doing this.
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  • See your spirit says, "Lay your life down,
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  • turn the other cheek."
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  • Your soul says, "Protect number one."
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  • So why am I telling you this?
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  • I know this is funny.
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  • But why am I telling you this?
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  • This is how stronghold works.
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  • That's why I'm telling you.
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  • This is how a stronghold works.
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  • Why am I telling you this?
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  • Because this is the believer's battle.
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  • This is how, let me just name some strongholds,
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  • this is how lust works.
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  • Your mind is categorized every perverse thing
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  • you've ever seen.
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  • And you see something that reminds you of that
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  • and you begin to have lustful thoughts.
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  • Please hear me this is so important.
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  • This is so important.
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  • This is why believers fall away.
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  • This is why believers end up in a pig pen,
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  • when they're living in a mansion.
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  • And they end up in a pig pen.
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  • Why?
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  • Because they have a stronghold.
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  • Stronghold's in your soul.
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  • You have to know that.
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  • See your spirit is saved.
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  • Your spirit is saved .
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  • If you accepted Christ.
  • 00:11:51.000 --> 00:11:52.200
  • See this is the problem they don't understand grace,
  • 00:11:52.230 --> 00:11:56.280
  • they don't understand works.
  • 00:11:57.010 --> 00:11:58.230
  • Here's the problem they don't understand the finished
  • 00:11:58.260 --> 00:12:01.240
  • work of grace in your spirit and they don't understand
  • 00:12:01.270 --> 00:12:06.080
  • the progressive work of grace in your soul.
  • 00:12:06.110 --> 00:12:11.190
  • So you need to understand, the battle's in the soul.
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  • The only reason you ever lose the battle is 'cause
  • 00:12:14.010 --> 00:12:16.220
  • in your soul, there's a problem in your soul 'cause your soul
  • 00:12:16.250 --> 00:12:20.030
  • is selfish.
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  • It is born selfish.
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  • That's why it needs to be converted.
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  • It needs to be renewed.
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  • It needs to be transformed.
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  • This is why people who don't understand scriptures about
  • 00:12:29.210 --> 00:12:31.060
  • the saving of the soul.
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  • Believe to the saving of the soul.
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  • It has nothing to do with your eternal destination.
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  • It has to do with your -- the word saved comes
  • 00:12:36.260 --> 00:12:39.020
  • from the Greek word sozo.
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  • It means making whole.
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  • Your spirit's been made whole.
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  • That's a work of grace.
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  • If you think you're doing something to earn your
  • 00:12:44.210 --> 00:12:46.040
  • way to Heaven, I feel so sorry for you.
  • 00:12:46.070 --> 00:12:48.270
  • 'Cause you'll always have a works mentality about you,
  • 00:12:49.000 --> 00:12:51.120
  • and you'll have a perfectionism and a legalism
  • 00:12:51.150 --> 00:12:54.030
  • and you'll have a judgmentalism and a criticism
  • 00:12:54.060 --> 00:12:56.220
  • about anybody who doesn't live up to your standards.
  • 00:12:56.250 --> 00:12:59.170
  • Alright so what do we do about it?
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  • Well here's number two, the soul must submit to the spirit.
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  • The soul must submit to the spirit.
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  • Romans 9:12, it's talking about Jacob and Esau, it says,
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  • "It was said to her the older shall serve the younger."
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  • Now, here's the only reason I say this,
  • 00:13:14.220 --> 00:13:16.010
  • God uses this as a principle in scripture.
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  • It's a principle that used in scripture.
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  • The older shall serve the younger.
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  • It has nothing to do with first born so if you're first born
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  • and you say that's the way it is in my family.
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  • That's not what I'm talking about, alright?
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  • The older shall serve the younger.
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  • Think about this.
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  • You come into this world and let's say you live for 20 years
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  • before you accept Christ.
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  • Who's in charge for that 20 years?
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  • Your soul is.
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  • Your soul's in charge.
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  • And then you get born again or literally from the Greek,
  • 00:13:42.070 --> 00:13:46.080
  • John 3, it would be better translated, born from above.
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  • Born spiritually.
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  • Born of the spirit.
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  • And your spirit comes alive.
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  • That's what Ephesians 2 tell us.
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  • Your spirit comes alive.
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  • It was dead and trespassed and sin and He made us alive.
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  • That's your spirit.
  • 00:14:02.280 --> 00:14:04.000
  • So your spirit comes alive.
  • 00:14:04.030 --> 00:14:05.290
  • So your soul's been in charge for 20 years
  • 00:14:06.020 --> 00:14:09.040
  • and then you get saved, your spirit comes alive.
  • 00:14:09.070 --> 00:14:11.210
  • So which one then would be the older?
  • 00:14:11.240 --> 00:14:15.120
  • The soul.
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:17.000
  • Which one would be the younger?
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  • The spirit.
  • 00:14:18.160 --> 00:14:19.230
  • What does the bible say?
  • 00:14:19.260 --> 00:14:20.270
  • The older shall serve the younger.
  • 00:14:21.000 --> 00:14:25.050
  • See the soul needs to serve the spirit.
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  • Submit to the spirit.
  • 00:14:27.030 --> 00:14:28.100
  • So here's what happened, you get saved and your spirit says
  • 00:14:28.130 --> 00:14:30.280
  • to your soul, "I'm in charge now.
  • 00:14:31.010 --> 00:14:36.230
  • We're gonna do things God's way."
  • 00:14:36.260 --> 00:14:39.000
  • And your soul, being the sweet, kind, compassionate,
  • 00:14:39.030 --> 00:14:42.070
  • humble person that he is, says, "OK." No, your soul says,
  • 00:14:42.100 --> 00:14:49.060
  • "Not without a fight pal."
  • 00:14:49.090 --> 00:14:53.030
  • And that's where the fight is.
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  • Are you gonna respond the way your soul, the way your mind,
  • 00:14:55.210 --> 00:14:59.190
  • your emotions tells you to respond or are you gonna respond
  • 00:14:59.220 --> 00:15:02.200
  • the way that Jesus would respond in that situation?
  • 00:15:02.230 --> 00:15:05.090
  • So what you've got to do is you've got to feed your spirit.
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  • Your spirit's got to grow up.
  • 00:15:10.000 --> 00:15:12.050
  • Let me show you how David talks about this battle.
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  • Psalms 131.
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  • We'll get to Hebrews 5 later.
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  • Psalms 131:2 says,"surely I have calmed and quieted my soul.
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  • Like a weaned child with its mother.
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  • Like a weaned child is my soul within me."
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  • Ok, he gives us a clue, you have to wean your soul.
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  • The only way you can calm and quiet your soul
  • 00:15:34.290 --> 00:15:36.170
  • is to wean your soul.
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  • Everyone following me on that?
  • 00:15:38.030 --> 00:15:39.030
  • Ok, so how do you wean a child?
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  • You take him off of milk put him on solid food, right?
  • 00:15:42.140 --> 00:15:45.150
  • Alright we'll get to Hebrews 5, one more verse but let me
  • 00:15:45.180 --> 00:15:48.130
  • show you this one first.
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  • 1 Corinthians 3:1 and I Brethren could not speak to you as
  • 00:15:49.260 --> 00:15:52.290
  • spiritual, spiritual, spiritual, people, but as to carnal.
  • 00:15:53.020 --> 00:15:58.210
  • As babes in Christ I fed you with milk not with solid food.
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  • Now Hebrews 5.
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  • Here's Hebrews 5:12 for though by this time you ought
  • 00:16:06.020 --> 00:16:08.090
  • to be teachers, but you need someone to teach you again
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  • the first principles of the oracles of God.
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  • And you come to me milk not solid food.
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  • For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled
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  • in the word of righteousness for he is a babe or baby.
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  • But solid food belongs to those who are full aged.
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  • That is those who by reason use and have the senses
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  • exercised to discern both good and evil.
  • 00:16:33.070 --> 00:16:35.240
  • Alright so let me ask you a question.
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  • If you've got to wean your soul, what happens when
  • 00:16:37.080 --> 00:16:42.140
  • you try to wean a baby?
  • 00:16:42.170 --> 00:16:45.030
  • It throws a fit doesn't he?
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  • He throws a fit and he cries, right?
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  • OK, do you know what's gonna happen when you try to wean
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  • your soul?
  • 00:16:51.060 --> 00:16:52.120
  • He's gonna throw a fit and he's gonna cry.
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  • Why does a baby cry when you try to wean him?
  • 00:16:56.150 --> 00:16:59.150
  • Because he thinks you're trying to kill him.
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  • You're taking away the only food source he's ever known.
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  • So, he thinks you're trying to kill him.
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  • Let me explain something though, in the case of the soul,
  • 00:17:12.020 --> 00:17:15.280
  • he's right.
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  • And that's point number three, the soul must die.
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  • The soul must die.
  • 00:17:24.280 --> 00:17:28.170
  • You're saying, "My soul has to die?"
  • 00:17:28.200 --> 00:17:30.000
  • Mmm Hmm. Die to self.
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  • Your selfish thoughts need to die.
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  • Here you go -- I am crucified with Christ.
  • 00:17:35.250 --> 00:17:40.090
  • Yeah, you need to die.
  • 00:17:40.120 --> 00:17:41.140
  • It's all through Christian Theology.
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  • We need to die to self.
  • 00:17:43.090 --> 00:17:45.190
  • OK, so if you're in Hebrews 5 we need to go back one page,
  • 00:17:45.220 --> 00:17:48.020
  • Hebrews 4.
  • 00:17:48.050 --> 00:17:49.080
  • Verse 12's a real famous verse.
  • 00:17:49.110 --> 00:17:51.080
  • But I don't think we understand it 'cause --
  • 00:17:51.110 --> 00:17:53.100
  • I think we do understand it but I don't think
  • 00:17:53.130 --> 00:17:54.260
  • we understand verse 13.
  • 00:17:54.290 --> 00:17:56.120
  • So I'll get to that.
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:17:57.170
  • Hebrews 4:12, "Says for the word of God is living
  • 00:17:57.200 --> 00:18:00.100
  • and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing
  • 00:18:00.130 --> 00:18:04.090
  • even to the division."
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  • The division of what?
  • 00:18:07.030 --> 00:18:09.200
  • Soul and Spirit.
  • 00:18:09.230 --> 00:18:12.070
  • What you think and what God thinks.
  • 00:18:12.100 --> 00:18:14.200
  • "And of joint and marrow the discernment of thoughts
  • 00:18:14.230 --> 00:18:16.190
  • and intents of the heart," and, and, no one seems
  • 00:18:16.220 --> 00:18:20.270
  • to connect verse 13 to verse 12, " and there is no creature
  • 00:18:21.000 --> 00:18:24.240
  • hidden from his sight but all things are naked
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  • and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."
  • 00:18:27.060 --> 00:18:31.000
  • Now let me tell you something about this word open.
  • 00:18:31.030 --> 00:18:32.290
  • Now remember that -- the word of God is called a sword.
  • 00:18:33.020 --> 00:18:37.260
  • In verse 12 it's called a sword.
  • 00:18:37.290 --> 00:18:39.180
  • Ok?
  • 00:18:39.210 --> 00:18:40.250
  • Ok, let me tell you what this word open is in the Greek.
  • 00:18:40.280 --> 00:18:43.130
  • Trachilitos.
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  • Trachilitos.
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  • Now you can figure out lots of Greek words if you think
  • 00:18:47.160 --> 00:18:52.180
  • about the English.
  • 00:18:52.210 --> 00:18:53.280
  • Like graphy is graph.
  • 00:18:54.010 --> 00:18:56.230
  • So, it's a writing.
  • 00:18:56.260 --> 00:18:58.020
  • Logos, logic.
  • 00:18:58.050 --> 00:19:00.050
  • Alright so trachilitos, trachea.
  • 00:19:00.080 --> 00:19:04.100
  • Trachea, what does that refer to?
  • 00:19:04.130 --> 00:19:05.290
  • Trachea the wind pipe.
  • 00:19:06.020 --> 00:19:08.060
  • Alright now, let me -- trachea that's the good part,
  • 00:19:08.090 --> 00:19:12.030
  • the throat, -litos that's where the word goes
  • 00:19:12.060 --> 00:19:13.210
  • kinda bad, OK?
  • 00:19:13.240 --> 00:19:16.020
  • So let me show -- let me tell you what this word means.
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  • It means to bend back the neck of a victim to be slain.
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  • Listen, to expose the gullet of a person to kill him.
  • 00:19:24.230 --> 00:19:33.180
  • OK, listen.
  • 00:19:33.210 --> 00:19:34.230
  • God has big plans for your soul.
  • 00:19:34.260 --> 00:19:47.040
  • That's what the word of God does.
  • 00:19:47.070 --> 00:19:49.160
  • It says, "No Robert, don't respond that way
  • 00:19:49.190 --> 00:19:51.240
  • that's your soul.
  • 00:19:51.270 --> 00:19:53.040
  • You respond this way."
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  • Are y'all -- do y'all follow me?
  • 00:19:55.110 --> 00:19:58.030
  • This is why people go astray.
  • 00:19:58.060 --> 00:19:59.170
  • This is why believers go astray.
  • 00:19:59.200 --> 00:20:01.180
  • 'Cause they don't let the sword divide between
  • 00:20:01.210 --> 00:20:03.270
  • their soul and spirit.
  • 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:06.030
  • Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus said to his disciples,
  • 00:20:06.060 --> 00:20:09.170
  • "Anyone who desires to comes after me, let him deny himself
  • 00:20:09.200 --> 00:20:12.070
  • and take up his cross."
  • 00:20:12.100 --> 00:20:15.010
  • Just want you to know it's the word his.
  • 00:20:15.040 --> 00:20:17.220
  • I'm gonna come back to that,
  • 00:20:17.250 --> 00:20:18.270
  • "and follow me.
  • 00:20:19.000 --> 00:20:20.030
  • For whoever desires to save his life", that Greek word
  • 00:20:20.060 --> 00:20:23.160
  • here for life is psuche, which is where we get the word psyche,
  • 00:20:23.190 --> 00:20:27.110
  • it means soul,
  • 00:20:27.140 --> 00:20:28.140
  • "Whoever desires to save his soul will lose it,
  • 00:20:28.170 --> 00:20:30.200
  • whoever loses his soul for my sake will find it."
  • 00:20:30.230 --> 00:20:34.110
  • Alright.
  • 00:20:34.140 --> 00:20:35.190
  • Have you ever heard the saying Jesus went to the cross,
  • 00:20:35.220 --> 00:20:37.280
  • so you wouldn't have to?
  • 00:20:38.010 --> 00:20:39.250
  • OK, I have a problem with that saying, because what this
  • 00:20:39.280 --> 00:20:44.040
  • says if you want to follow me take up your cross.
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:49.040
  • So apparently, I have to die too.
  • 00:20:49.070 --> 00:20:53.250
  • Luke 9:23, He said to them all, this is Jesus,
  • 00:20:53.280 --> 00:20:57.120
  • "If anyone desires to come after me let him deny himself",
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:21:00.260
  • watch this now, watch He's gonna take it a step further,
  • 00:21:00.290 --> 00:21:03.110
  • "and take up his cross daily."
  • 00:21:03.140 --> 00:21:06.110
  • Why'd you have to put the word daily in there?
  • 00:21:06.140 --> 00:21:11.280
  • Look, 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul said, "I die daily."
  • 00:21:12.010 --> 00:21:18.130
  • Do you think that means he got saved every day?
  • 00:21:18.160 --> 00:21:20.080
  • No.
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:22.150
  • It means he crucified himself every day.
  • 00:21:22.180 --> 00:21:24.060
  • His soul.
  • 00:21:24.090 --> 00:21:26.030
  • Say, "I just want to walk down the aisle one time preacher."
  • 00:21:26.060 --> 00:21:29.020
  • It doesn't work that way, it's an every day.
  • 00:21:29.050 --> 00:21:32.230
  • You come to the cross every day.
  • 00:21:32.260 --> 00:21:34.040
  • I beg you.
  • 00:21:34.070 --> 00:21:35.210
  • I beseech you by the mercies of God.
  • 00:21:35.240 --> 00:21:38.270
  • That your present your body as a living sacrifice.
  • 00:21:39.000 --> 00:21:42.110
  • Holy and acceptable unto God which is your
  • 00:21:42.140 --> 00:21:44.100
  • reasonable service.
  • 00:21:44.130 --> 00:21:46.280
  • And don't be conformed to the world but be transformed
  • 00:21:47.010 --> 00:21:49.070
  • by the renewing of your mind.
  • 00:21:49.100 --> 00:21:52.100
  • See it -- I don't know if I'm making myself clear or not
  • 00:21:52.130 --> 00:21:54.290
  • I really don't.
  • 00:21:55.020 --> 00:21:57.050
  • Why would a believer, why would a believer,
  • 00:21:57.080 --> 00:21:59.130
  • ever leave the family of God and go live in a pig pen?
  • 00:21:59.160 --> 00:22:06.210
  • Because he's not in this book every day.
  • 00:22:06.240 --> 00:22:10.240
  • And he's feeding his soul instead of his spirit.
  • 00:22:10.270 --> 00:22:15.130
  • Alright, here's the last thing that I'm gonna tell ya.
  • 00:22:15.160 --> 00:22:18.070
  • I was on sabbatical, the Lord started dealing with me.
  • 00:22:18.100 --> 00:22:25.280
  • And then it was actually when I came back from sabbatical
  • 00:22:26.010 --> 00:22:29.110
  • that the Lord spoke to me really clearly one day and he said,
  • 00:22:29.140 --> 00:22:31.180
  • "You've gotten in a real bad habit."
  • 00:22:31.210 --> 00:22:36.030
  • And I said, " What do you mean, Lord?"
  • 00:22:36.060 --> 00:22:39.010
  • And he said, I've never heard this phrase before
  • 00:22:39.040 --> 00:22:40.250
  • the Lord made it up I guess.
  • 00:22:40.280 --> 00:22:44.130
  • He said, "You're having drive-through quiet times."
  • 00:22:44.160 --> 00:22:52.010
  • Fast-food quiet times.
  • 00:22:52.040 --> 00:22:56.030
  • He said, "You used to spend a lot more time with me."
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:23:01.190
  • He said, "I just want to spend time with you.
  • 00:23:01.220 --> 00:23:04.200
  • No agenda, no message to prepare, no church to pray over,
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  • I just want just you and me."
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  • So I said, "Lord, I'm sorry."
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  • And so, I set some time aside and more time
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  • to start having those times with the Lord.
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  • Very first day I'm in there and the Lord reminded me.
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  • Said, "Do you remember, when you were 30 years old is when
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  • I really taught you how to have quiet time."
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  • I'm starting to have a lot of headaches.
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  • And I'd gone to doctors, nobody could figure it out.
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  • I was having my quiet time one morning and the Lord
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  • said to me, "You think I know why you're having headaches?"
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  • I said, "Yeah I do."
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  • He said, "Let me tell you why."
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  • He said, "Because you're not really spending time with me.
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  • You're coming in to me in the mornings and you're
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  • giving me your to-do list.
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  • And then you leave.
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  • But you're not spending time with Me", and He said,
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  • "Stress and sin snowball." That's what he said to me.
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  • "If you don't deal with stress and sin, every day,
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  • it's gonna snowball on you." And so, when I started again
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  • putting a little more time aside, I'm talking about not
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  • that long ago.
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  • The Lord said, "you remember that?"
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  • I said, "Yeah."
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  • He said, "What I was telling you was it adds up."
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  • I said, "I can see that."
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  • Well I felt like he told me to read in the message bible during
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  • my quiet time.
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  • So he said, "I want you to go look at Psalms 32 today."
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  • So I went and read it and I just want to show you one verse.
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  • Psalm 32:6 says, "These things add up, every one of us
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  • needs to pray."
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  • "These things add up, every one of us needs to pray.
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  • "Here's the reason I'm preaching this to ya.
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  • I don't want you to be a prodigal.
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  • I don't want to be a prodigal.
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  • This is the battle.
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  • The battle is, are we gonna let the word of God divide
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  • between our thoughts and between God's thoughts?
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  • PASTOR ROBERT: I am so excited about this series.
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  • And I want to do something I normally don't do and that
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  • is that I want to encourage you to call
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  • and order this series.
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  • God led me to put so much content into each message
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  • that we actually had to edit some of it out simply
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  • for the television program.
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  • And I really want you to be able to hear what the Lord
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  • is showing us through the "Lost and Found" series.
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  • Thank you so much for watching and I'll see you next week.
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  • ANNOUNCER: From the parable of the prodigal son pastor Robert
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  • shares deep and comforting truths about battles you
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  • and every child of God faces in the heart touching series,
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  • [Phone ringing]
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  • NARRATOR: One day you wake up asking yourself.
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  • WOMAN: When will it ever end?
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  • [Dishes clanking] No, no, no, no...
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  • It's due when?
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  • No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!
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  • [Whimpering]
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  • [Clock ticking]
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  • [Snoring]
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  • Our fourth quarter TPS -- SON: He followed me home.
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  • [Screaming] Can I keep him?
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  • WOMAN: So, when does it all end?
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  • I discovered it can end every week.
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  • HUSBAND: Hey, tomorrow's our day off.
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  • [Sighing]
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